Children's Ministries at St. Paul's United Methodist Church
"Then he said to them, 'Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.'" - Luke 9:48
St. Paul's understands that children are not only the future, but also the present of the church. Children are warmly welcomed into St. Paul's church life. St. Paul's offers many dynamic programs for children to learn about Jesus and apply what they learn. We emphasize excitement and fun as we help kids build an unshakable faith in a safe, loving environment. St. Paul's is committed to partnering with families to continue faith development at home.
For Information about any Children's Ministry at St. Paul's, please contact:
Tori Von Leer, Coordinator of Children's Ministries, 237-2163 x 148
Sunday School-Classes for 2 years -5th grade. Emphasizes fun, active learning techniques that allow kids to experience and apply the Bible. Classes meet in Education Building at 9:15am.
Childcare - for infants and toddlers at 9:15am, for infants through kindergarten at 10:45am (3 year olds and up are encouraged to participate in Worship and Wee Church or Kids Praise at 10:45). The Nursery is located in Rm. 100 Education Building.
Sundays in Sanctuary at 8:00am, 9:15am, and 10:45am. The 10:45 service is particularly geared toward families and features a weekly Children's Message. Children's worship materials are available at the back of the main sanctuary and the Calder Way entrance in the balcony.
Children's church program for 3 years-K. Children attend worship with parents until after Children's Message, then proceed to Wesley, room 205, for age-appropriate worship featuring singing, Bible stories, activities, crafts and snacks.
Faith With Friends
Midweek program for children in 4 years-5th grade. Meets in the Church Building for two (fall and winter) 8-week sessions on Thursdays from 4:30-6:45 pm. Emphasizes fun, friendship, fellowship and faith building. Includes singing, crafts, journaling, games, drama and DINNER!
Cub Scouting, a division of the Boy Scouts of America, has a long tradition of providing fun family activities and character development for young boys in grades 1-5. St. Paul 's is the sponsoring organization for Cub Scout Pack 31. Many great activities are planned for the year, such as family camping, the pinewood derby, and pack & den meetings. For more information, contact Kim Payne at 861-3291."
Vacation Bible School
Five-day summer program for 3 years-5th grade. Meets 6:00-8:30pm in late June. Emphasizes strong biblical teaching and out-of-the-ordinary adventure, excitement and fun!
UM Summer Camps
Family events occur throughout the year. These include Family Worship Days, Family Sunday School Days, Parent Workshops, Hanging of the Greens, Easter Egg Hunt, Family Picnics, etc.
Service and mission are integrated into all children's programs. Recipients include: Heifer Project, UMCOR, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and Park Forest Day Nursery.
Other Children's Opportunities
- Choir and Handbells (K-5th)
- Boy Scouts
- God and Country
- Drama Team
Comfortable With Kids At St. Paul's
St. Paul's warmly welcomes children into church life. In addition to our many children's programs, we provide many facilities to make life with kids more comfortable.
Child Safety at St Paul's
The children in our midst are a precious treasure of God. St. Paul's is committed to providing a safe environment where they can grow in faith. St. Paul's is in the process of establishing guidelines and implementing policies.